from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Free of ice and open to travel or navigation: an ice-free channel in the river.
- adj. Marked by a lack of obstructive ice: a three-month ice-free period during the summer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. free of ice and open to travel; -- of water routes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. free of ice and open to travel
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The 5 Arctic coastal states (Canada, USA, Norway, Russia and Denmark, which is responsible for the external affairs of Greenland) are conveting the increasingly ice-free and pristine waters of the Arctic as the next oil bonanza.
We still expect to see ice-free summers sometime in the next few decades.
By 15,500 years ago, the ice-free corridor, that land corridor connecting Alaska with the mainland of the United States, was closed.
What other timesaving strategies do you use to keep your car ice-free during the winter?
The study helps to explain the huge loss of ice in the region during the summers of 2007 and 2008, after which some commentators suggested the Arctic Ocean would be ice-free during the summertime within a decade.
For a while, geologists believed that the sheets partially melted at just the right time, creating an ice-free corridor that the paleo-Indians walked through.
Others predict ice-free summers beginning in 2012, when the Kyoto Treaty expires.
Then, the Arctic was ice-free in the summers with temperatures being between 20 to 29 degrees F warmer than today, sea levels anywhere from 15 to 100 feet higher, and global temperatures 5 to 7 degrees F warmer.
Center for Biological Diversity's Kassie Siegal blogged on HuffPost about the warmer, increasingly ice-free season in western Hudson Bay, where the bears now have to contend with ever-increasing periods of fasting on land and shorter periods out on the ice to catch the seals they need to survive.
"Some scientists predict that Arctic waters could be ice-free in summer by 2013, meaning that exploration for oil and natural gas will become possible in once inaccessible areas."